Apply for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment

Apply for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment

Please note this article was published on 17 December 2020 and may be out of date. For the latest information about financial support around Coronavirus, please click here

Individuals can now apply for a payment of £500 under the Test and Trace Payment Support Scheme provided if they have been notified by contact tracers or the app to self-isolate and that they meet the eligibility criteria.



You can get the payment if all of the following apply:

– you’re self-isolating because you tested positive for coronavirus, or because you were told to by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app

– you’re employed or self-employed and unable to work from home

– you’re on a low income. Your council will tell you when you apply if you’re counted as being on a low income.

You cannot get the payment if you’re self-isolating because you came to the UK from abroad.


To complete applications individuals will need an 8-digital NHS Test and Trace Account ID which will be provided for anyone testing positive for coronavirus or told by contract tracers to self-isolate.

An Account ID must be requested during the isolation period and claims can be made up until 14 days after a self-isolation period has ended.

To find your local council and their application page please click here.


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